Monday Miscellanea

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 112 months ago
Monday Miscellanea


Last week's Londonist numbers and the corresponding picture that might be a Da Vinci Code-style clue to something:

5 shortlisted designs for the defunct gas holder in Kings Cross, of which the playground appeals to us the most

43 marathons completed in 52 days by Eddie 'Bonkers Untrained Athlete Comedian' Izzard

32 massive chess pieces on display and used in actual chess matches in Trafalgar Square for London Design Festival

5 years old! You're all invited to Londonist's birthday party

5 + 43 X 32 X 5 = 7,680 which decodes as ball change at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum in the Londonist Flickr pool, courtesy of wallyg.

This Week In London’s History

  • Monday - 21st September 1969: More than 200 policemen storm a mansion in Piccadilly, Central London, evicting a large number of squatters.
  • Tuesday - 22nd September 1955: A new television channel, ITV, launches at a ceremony at the Guildhall. Its broadcasting initially only covers the London area, but would be spread to the other UK regions over the next seven years. Wednesday - 23rd September 1939: Renowned psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, suffering from cancer, commits ‘assisted’ suicide at his home in Hampstead. Thursday - 24th September 1917: A zeppelin drops a 50 kilogram bomb that lands just outside the Bedford Hotel on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury. 13 people are killed and a further 26 injured. Friday - 25th September 1818: The first human-to-human blood transfusion is performed at Guy’s Hospital. Previous blood transfusions had used animals’ blood. Yuk.

    Random London Quote Of The Week

    In town let me live then, in town let me die

    For in truth I can't relish the country, not I.

    If one must have a villa in summer to dwell,

    Oh give me the sweet shady side of Pall Mall.

    Charles Morris, The Contrast

    Last Updated 21 September 2009